VALKYRIE and USUAL SUSPECTS scribe Christopher McQuarrie has signed on to write and produce United Artists previously announced project The Monster of Florence, a serial killer thriller that will change its point of view. Tom Cruise was originally said to be a possible choice to star. You can read all of the details beyond the break. Story chronicles a true series of events from author Douglas Preston’s life. Shortly after moving his family to Italy in 2000, Preston learned that an olive grove on their property had been the scene of a brutal murder. Teaming with Italian journalist Mario Spezi, Preston began investigating the crime, which was part of a series of eight double homicides between 1968-85. Story also spawned a 1985 Italian-language docudrama of the same name.
McQuarrie sees the project as an opportunity to tell the story of a writer, not a serial killer (something similar to what David Fincher did with ZODIAC).
It’s a “surreal account of two writers opening a proverbial Pandora’s box with their research,” the “Usual Suspects” scribe said to Variety. “They witness first-hand how the misguided good intentions of others allow evil to flourish, eventually becoming a part of the story themselves.”